Roofs are one of those things that often get forgotten about. It’s the whole, out of sight out of mind… However here are a 6 fun facts about roofs that you might not know about.
1. Lightning hitting Metal Roofs
Many people often assume that a metal roof is more susceptible to lightning, but this is actually a misconception. While metal does act as an excellent conductor of electricity, lightening is not more drawn to metal than any other type of roofing material. Lightening tends to strike the highest object in the area. Even in the event that lightening did strike your home, the metal roof would actually disperse the energy in a safe manner through the structure. Additionally, due to the fact that metal roofing is not flammable or combustible, it poses a low risk in severe weather, particularly where lightening is concerned.
2. Metal Roofs Can Be Green
Today, there is a heightened interest in building materials that are ecologically sound. You might be surprised to learn that metal is quickly becoming the material of choice when it comes to roof systems. Along with being highly durable, a metal roof also reduces the need for replacement material. In addition, it can be produced from recycled content and offers such benefits as being energy efficient and is recyclable.
3. Metal Roofs and Noise
Many people are hesitant to opt for a metal roof because they believe it will be too noisy, especially when it rains. While old-fashioned types of metal roofs might have been noisy, that is not true when it comes to modern metal roofs. When properly installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof is actually not any more noisy than any other type of roof. In fact, you might be surprised to discover that a metal roof can actually silence noise from bad weather far more effectively than an asphalt shingle roof.
4. Using your Roof to Heat Water
Did you know that your roof can actually be used to heat the water that is used in your home? It’s true. In 2002, renovations were made to the roof of the Presidential White House in the United States to have the water heated from solar rays. The warmed water is then diverted to a hot tub and outdoor swimming pool. While the White House is one of the most well known residences in the world, this type of thermal efficiency method can also be used in homes throughout Australia.
5. Living Roofs Offer Multiple Benefits
Have you ever considered using your roof to do more than simply protect your home? It’s entirely possible and a growing number of people are now opting to convert the roofs of their homes into living roofs for growing plants, thereby saving the cost of purchasing vegetables.
6. Why Do Metal Roofs Contract and Expand?
You might have known that metal roofs will expand and contract, but did you know why? It’s related to temperature. When the metal becomes hot, it expands. When it becomes cold, it contracts.
There’s our Fun Facts
There are 6 little fun facts about Roofs that you may not have known about. If you know any fun facts about Roofs that why have failed to mention, we would love to hear them. Simply share them below in the comments section.
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R.O. Steel Roofing
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